President Obama: 3 Year Moratorium on New Coal Mines

Watts Up With That?

Open cut hard rock mining (Kalgoorlie, Western Australia) author Stephen Codrington source Wikimedia Open cut hard rock mining (Kalgoorlie, Western Australia) author Stephen Codrington source Wikimedia

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

President Obama has just announced a 3 year moratorium on leasing federal land for new coal mines, pending a review of the impact of coal on the global climate.

According to Scientific American;

Obama Halts Federal Coal Leasing Citing Climate Change

The U.S. temporarily halts coal leasing on federal lands to reassess its policy in light of global warming

The Obama administration on Friday brought a temporary halt to new coal mining leases on federal lands while it conducts a three-year review meant to bring coal leasing in line with U.S. climate policy.

The moratorium comes just days after Obama said in his State of the Union Address that he would push to change the way the government manages its oil and coal resources to reflect the costs they impose on both…

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